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Changes for Derrick Green

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Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green is on his way to Auburn for an official visit starting Saturday at around 3 p.m., but prior to his third official trip, Green finally spoke regarding his official visit to Michigan back on Oct. 20.
Green breaks down the visit and his top schools including a new addition and the removal of one of his previous top six.
"The Michigan visit was nice," said the 6-foot, 220-pounder who is ranked as the No. 1 running back in the country. "I was hosted by Denard Robinson and Roy Roundtree and the biggest thing for me was seeing how Michigan used their running backs and how the coaches worked with the players and coached the team. It was a really good atmosphere, the crowd was amazing."
Green, who saw Michigan defeat rival Michigan State 12-10, said the lack of scoring doesn't affect him at all.
"It was a great game, I know it was only four field goals but I got to see everything I needed to about the offense and they came out with a win," he said. "I've been to Michigan a couple of times now recently and it's a good place, I had a nice visit."
The Michigan official followed an official visit to Tennessee in early September and both schools are squarely in his top list of schools. Next up is Auburn this weekend.
"Like all of my official visits during the season, I want to see how the gameday atmosphere is there and how the coaches work," he said. "I'll get back on Monday and I'm looking forward to it."
After that Green will figure out who will get his last two official visits and then possibly make a decision in January.
"I might do it at the U.S. Army All American Bowl," he said. "If I'm ready, I might do it there but we'll see. My last two visits are between Oregon and Ole Miss and now Miami. Virginia Tech is out now, Miami is now in my top six."
Why the addition of the 'Canes?
"They never stopped recruiting me even after I eliminated them and I like the running backs coach a lot, he was just at my game Friday night," he said. "They just lost a running back commitment and the opportunity there is good. I am probably going to take an official there and more likely Oregon, but I haven't decided just yet. It will be two of those three."
Green has led his team to a 10-0 record and into the playoffs and he has rushed for 1,300 yards and more than 20 touchdowns despite playing on the first half of many blowouts.
"The season is going well," he said. "We have a big playoff game next weekend and I think they will test us so I'll be able to play a full game."
As for his silence following the Michigan visit, rumors began to circulate that Green was a silent commitment to the Wolverines and had shut things down to the media.
"No, that's not true," Green laughed. "I was taking the ACT and my parents wanted me to focus on that, I wanted to focus on my senior season and we have family in New York that are struggling from the storms so talking about visits doesn't seem that important."
Green also wanted to slow down the process a a bit.
"I needed to re-focus on my season and my schoolwork," he said. "Nothing has changed that much and I am just slowing down the pace. I'll visit the schools, talk things over with my parents and when I'm ready to decide I will announce. Right now I am just taking it all in."
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